Dozens of House Republicans on Friday voted down language that would have imposed a 1 percent cut on funding for the Department of the Interior, forcing the proposal to fail.
Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., offered up the language as part of a giant spending bill that combines four of the 12 annual appropriations bills. Blackburn often proposes amendment make a small overall cut to various agencies in order to tackle the $20 trillion national debt.But Republican opposition prevented its passage.
But Republican opposition prevented its passage.
In a Friday morning vote, 68 Republicans opposed it, prompting it to fail 156-248. In the final vote, 154 Republicans supported Blackburn's plan.
Blackburn was one of several Republicans who backed a Thursday letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., asking him to take up several possible ideas to cut spending.
That letter, from the Republican Study Committee, warned Ryan that the group was not a fan of the deal struck this week to extend federal spending and borrowing authority into December since that deal did nothing to curb spending.
Several Republicans also noted, however, that the deal Trump reached with Democrats was slightly better than the original plan, which was to suspend the debt ceiling past the 2018 midterm elections.